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Chapel is one of the most important periods of the day. Many of the reflections and readings in chapel are shaped by the theme for the year. Both students and faculty assist in planning programs that help to create a community of faith and service. The quiet reverence of devotional periods and thoughtful consideration of vital questions in human living provide memorable worship experiences that are cherished throughout the student’s life. These services are held in the beautiful Pittman Chapel, named in honor of a beloved preacher, Sam Pittman, and in memory of his lifetime of distinguished service to the church and to Christian education.
The chapel seats approximately 100 people. In addition to its use for chapel services, forums and lectures by the school, it provides a setting for many weddings.
Since its formation in 1967, the Student Association (SA) has become an essential means of fostering unity and fellowship among the student body. The Association has close ties with the administration, nominating members for standing committees of the School and making recommendations concerning policy. In addition to planning chapel devotionals and initiating various student activities, the SA sponsors the academic awards at commencement. These awards include: the Jack P. Lewis Ministry of Study Award, the Hebrew Award, and the Velma R. West Greek Award. The SA publishes an online student newsletter, coordinates informal athletic activities, and hosts social events.
Harding School of Theology grants a 50 percent tuition scholarship to the SA president during the year of service; 30 percent to the vice president; 25 percent to the secretary/treasurer; 20 percent to the communications director; and 10 percent to each student representative. (In no case would a student scholarship exceed 100 percent of tuition.) The SA is provided office space in the Ijams Administration Building.
The Alumni Association works for the welfare of the School in various ways, such as fund raising. The organization consists of a president, three vice presidents and an executive secretary. Officers are elected biennially.
Code of Conduct
The privilege of participating in the Harding School of Theology community involves corresponding responsibilities. These include recognizing the authority of the administration and faculty of Harding School of Theology and the Board of Trustees of Harding University over all procedures, policies and guidelines in governing the school.
Students, faculty and staff are expected to meet certain standards of integrity, fostering a self-disciplined, supportive community. Each may expect from the other:
- absolute honesty in all relationships, responsibilities and tasks
- integrity and good stewardship in all financial obligations and dealings
- conscientious concern for each other in matters of personal habits, attitudes and actions
- demonstration of a spirit that recognizes the Lordship of Christ and expresses the biblical concept of love for God and man
- a caring attitude toward the natural beauty of the world and its resources
- an appreciation of the beautiful campus of Harding School of Theology and a custodial concern for maintaining both its natural and physical facilities
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes for which they are enrolled except in cases of illness or other valid reasons (professor should be notified).
Evidence of conspicuous or persistent failures in moral responsibility will lead to disciplinary action that may result in suspension or dismissal from the School.
Immediate Dismissal: The following activities may subject the student to immediate dismissal from the School:
- use or possession of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal use or possession of narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens or solvents
- sexual immorality
- lying, especially to an administrator or the Student Affairs Committee in a disciplinary or appeals situation
Possible Dismissal: A student may be subject to dismissal for any of the following:
- abuse of property
- possession and/or use of pornography
- dishonesty (including falsification on tests or assignments, plagiarism, forgery, theft, etc.)
- persistent failure to comply with administrative requests
Appeal: Should a student wish to appeal disciplinary action by the School, the following steps should be taken:
- Make appeal to Dr. Steve McLeod, Associate Dean, 1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117; phone 901-432-7733.
- Appeal to the Student Affairs Committee in conjunction with the dean, 1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117; phone 901-432-7747.
- If a complaint is not settled at the institutional level, the student may contact the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0830; phone 615-741-5293.
Readmission: A student dismissed from the School may, after one full semester, apply for readmission by making written request of the associate dean, who will consider the request with the Student Affairs Committee.
Harding School of Theology has housing available on campus for both single and married students. Campus residents must take at least six hours in the fall and spring semesters and three hours in the summer. Requests for exceptions to this policy are to be made to the housing coordinator before the semester begins.
James A. Harding-G.C. Brewer Apartments: These apartments provide space for both married and single students. There are six two-bedroom apartments and 12 one-bedroom apartments.
Benson Townhouse Apartments: These five townhouses were constructed in 1997 in honor of the late Dr. George S. and Marguerite O. Benson. These apartments are two-bedroom units and can house four single students or one married couple.
Rent and Fees
Reserving Apartments: Requests for all campus housing should be made to the housing coordinator. Requests for housing must include the housing reservation fee. Housing is assigned by priority determined by the date the reservation fee is received. The housing reservation fee will be applied to housing charges at the beginning of the semester. This fee cannot be applied to any other student expenses or fees. The housing reservation fee is refundable only if no housing is available at the beginning of the semester or if a letter is sent requesting a refund at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.
Security Deposit: $300.00
Rent for students living on campus: Semester rent is added to student account.
Payments are due according to the tuition and fees schedule.
Housing Charges (rent includes utilities and is monthly unless otherwise indicated):
Housing reservation fee: $80.00
One-week intensive: $200.00 per person
One night: $75.00 per person
Single students, furnished one bedroom apartment
Single occupancy: $570.00
Dual occupancy: $300.00
Married students, unfurnished apartment
One bedroom: $570.00
Two bedroom: $645.00
Benson Townhouse Apartments (two bedrooms)
Single students (furnished):
3-4 students: $300.00
2 students: $400.00
1 student: $785.00
Married students (unfurnished): $785.00
Housing charges may be paid monthly by the 15th without a finance charge. Rent paid after the 15th or with tuition still due will receive a monthly finance charge. Monthly rent and short-term housing costs may increase slightly in August of each year.
When a student completes his/her studies, does not enroll for classes for the next semester, or decides to enroll in fewer than the minimum number of hours required to fulfill the housing contract, the student must move out of campus housing by the Friday following the end of the semester. Any request for exception to this policy must be made in writing to the housing coordinator 30 days prior to the end of the semester.
Students wishing to terminate residency in campus housing must give 30-days notice in writing to the Business Office and housing supervisor, who will request the deposit refund. Refund of security deposit or advance rent payments will be made ONLY after the premises have been vacated and checked by a school official, and keys have been returned. Occupying an apartment for any part of a month will be considered a full month of occupancy.
Students are liable for loss and/or damage beyond normal usage. The security deposit will be held as a retainer against damages. The security deposit fee is refundable at the end of the semester when all requirements for a degree are met, if all financial obligations to the School have been fulfilled, and the housing has been vacated in accordance with regulations set forth under Terminating Residency. After the tenant moves out, all, part or none of the security deposit may be returned following an inspection of the apartment. (This refund is mailed from the Business Office in Searcy, Ark.)
- Furniture supplied by Harding School of Theology in any apartment is to remain in that apartment.
- No student may move to another apartment without written approval from the housing supervisor.
- No storage space is available on campus.